Toyota Expected to Add Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine in New Compact Lexus Crossover
With many automakers switching from V-6 power to smaller engines with turbochargers, it was only a matter of time before Toyota would follow suit. According to patent filings, the automaker has trademarked the names NX 200t and NX 300h for its upcoming compact crossover that will slot below the Lexus RX in its luxury portfolio. Expected to share much of its chassis with the Toyota RAV4, the 2015 Lexus NX will likely come with a base 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that should put it close to its German competition in terms of power. Audi's turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine makes 211 horsepower, and BMW's produces between 180 and 240 horsepower, depending on the model. With this, Toyota could be abandoning the 2.5-liter engine found under the hood of such vehicles as the Toyota RAV4 and Camry, although that possibility isn't too likely. The larger four-cylinder is relatively cheap to build and frugal, producing a just-fine 176 horsepower in the RAV4 and 178 in the Camry. The 2.0-liter should make upwards of 200 horsepower and will likely net well into the 30-mpg range when saddled with the hybrid setup. Plenty of other automakers have turned to turbochargers in mainstream products recently, including Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, and Kia. But there are misnomers about the engines being more efficient all the time. According to a study by Consumer Reports, lead-footed drivers were found to have burned as much or more fuel in cars equipped with small, turbocharged engines compared to larger, similarly powerful engines. Perhaps Ford's EcoBoost should be called "Eco or Boost." Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)
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